Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Stairway to Heaven (A Matter of Life and Death) Reviews

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October 1, 2019
Apart from being technically brilliant, Peter and June's story, and the exploration of fate and mortality within, continues to endure.
June 3, 2019
Every shot of this thing is a marvel, achieving such a vibrant depth of color that it almost makes modern cinema seem drab in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2018
Roger Livesey is tremendous as Niven's formidable doctor - and heavenly advocate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 27, 2018
Typically for this team, the script champions individual rights over nationalist prejudices that endure beyond the grave.
August 7, 2018
The decision to shoot all of the Earth-bound scenes in Technicolor and all of the Heavenly interludes in black-and-white is just one of the many unexpected touches in this pleasing fantasy yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 2, 2018
... as gorgeous and rapturously romantic as movies come.
December 29, 2017
Bursts with tantalizing ideas, surprising connections, suggestive flights of fancy.
December 8, 2017
One of the most beloved British films ever is now even more lush, more gorgeous, more humanist in a glorious new restored edition.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 8, 2017
A Matter of Life and Death is the utterly unique, enduringly rich and strange romantic fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2017
It's basically an intellectual battle, held in an amphitheatre as large as a galaxy, about the right to life and the inherent tensions in US-UK political relations. In other words, essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2017
An enduring classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 16, 2016
In short, a brilliant experiment which will probably be enjoyed by many and appreciated only by a few.
May 3, 2014
Beautifully directed, designed (especially the massive, working escalator that links Heaven and Earth), photographed and acted, it is a must-see for both classic and contemporary film buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 8, 2010
Although it's undeniably a great-looking film, I just found A Matter of Life and Death to be too harebrained to take seriously as a piece of important cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2010
Though the writer-directors and the actors may be the first names you notice, the cameraman also helped A Matter of Life and Death become one of the most moving movies ever made.
February 22, 2009
The duo put so much care and love into the film that in the end we know they're right: Love really is the greatest of all virtues.
| Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2009
In spite of its thematic bleakness, A Matter of Life and Death succeeds in being a sparkling fantasy picture ....
January 5, 2009
(The filmmakers') creativity is both fantastic and organic, their imagery spellbinding and gorgeous, and their scripting clever and witty.
March 2, 2008
Pretty bizarre fantasy set in WWII era starring David Niven.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2005
A very pleasing fantasy film from the team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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